Untold LA

Photographing the Astonishing Homes of LA's West Adams District

In 2012 photographer Jett Loe encountered the forgotten Los Angeles District of West Adams, the original wealthy area of town, the “Beverly Hills before Beverly Hills.”  Filled with an astonishing collection of Victorian and Craftsman homes in vibrant, diverse neighborhoods West Adams proved to be a revelation.  Following a successful Kickstarter campaign Jett spent two years producing this mammoth delight of a book that documents the variety of homes and people in the area.

Totaling a fully interactive 365 pages with 500 photos, 70 oral history audio clips from West Adams residents and two hours of behind-the-scenes video commentary, Untold LA is a massive treasure trove for lovers of Los Angeles, American history and architecture.

West Adams Transitional Craftsman

On Page 321 of the iBook we have this Craftsman seen late at night one of the main streets of North University Park.

I photographed this house repeatedly during the two-year process of producing the book; below, in an unused frame, is the house during the day in which the front-yard's two large palm trees can be clearly seen.

The Richard H. Alexander Home

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.] 

Near Bonsallo Avenue is the Richard H. Alexander Home, an Eastlake Victorian built circa 1888.

Above: the downstairs Hallway of the Alexander is the spine of the home.

Below: the Main Living Room, to the left of the downstairs Hallway.

In the audio clip below Art Sencion, the owner of the home, talks about the properties in the West Adams District.

Below: the Dining Room, to the right of the Hallway past the Main Staircase.

Below: one of the Victorian's four Fireplaces.

Below: 1) Art Sencion sitting in the Main Living Room. 2) In the Hallway looking towards the front of the home.

The Seyler Residence

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.] 

On Page 311 of the iBook, (North University Park Chapter), is an 1894 Victorian, the Seyler Residence, designed by Abram Edelman; that's the Burkhalter you can just make out in the left of the frame.

The Burkhalter Victorian

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.] 

Right up the street from the Seaman House is this gorgeous Victorian built by the Superintendent for the Southern Pacific Railroad, Dennis Burkhalter, in 1895.

Parking is a always a problem in St. James Park. In the photo below, (taken behind the Burkhalter), we see the solution offered up a new residence, an underground lot for cars.

The Seaman House

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.] 

On Page 308, (North University Park Chapter), is the 1888 Queen Anne Seaman House by architect Joseph Cather Newsom, with Bird of Paradise in the foreground.  

Below: two additional photos of the home, as used in the iBook's Introduction.